Darkness at Noon Author:Arthur Koestler Focused on the era of the Moscow trials. Darkness at Noon describes an aging Bolshevik's total loss of perspective when faced by the new regime's inquisitors. At given intervals, Rubashov leaves the rumor-ridden limbo of his prison cell for interrogation - or else is appeased with gifts - first by the reproachful ironist, Ivanov, then by his rem... more »ote and sadistic colleague, Gletkin. The machine of guilt is brought fully to bear: and, in a nightmarish moment of failing logic, Rubashov makes his preposterous and fatal confession. "The book reaches the stature of tragedy, whereas an English or American writer could at most have made it into a polemical tract ... from his European angle [Koestler] can see such things as purges and mass deportations for what they are ..." George Orwell.